Weekend Estimates: 'The Boss' ($23.48M) & 'Batman v Superman' ($23.44M) in Tight Race for First Place; 'Hardcore Henry' ($5.10M) Arrives SoftlyApril 10, 2016 09:42 AM

by Daniel Garris

It was an extremely close race between Universal's The Boss and Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for first place this weekend. The Boss is currently estimated to come out ahead with $23.48 million, but with an estimated lead of only $45,000, either film could ultimately end up in first place this weekend.

Regardless of whether or not it ends up in first place this weekend, The Boss outpaced expectations and performed well with its modest price tag in mind. The Melissa McCarthy led R-rated comedy also proved to be critic-proof this weekend. The film's opening weekend performance was 9 percent ahead of the $21.58 million opening weekend of 2014's Tammy (though it should be noted that Tammy's opening weekend take was softened by a Wednesday debut) and 19 percent below the $29.09 million debut of last year's Spy (it should be noted that The Boss had been widely expected to open below Spy). With this weekend's performance of The Boss, McCarthy continues to remain one of the more consistent box office draws in recent years. McCarthy will next appear in Sony's Ghostbusters, which arrives on July 15.

The Boss started out with $8.11 million on Friday (which included an estimated $985,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 20 percent on Saturday to take in $9.73 million and is estimated to decline 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.64 million. That gave the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.90 to 1. The Boss skewed heavily toward female moviegoers (67 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers under the age of 35 (51 percent). Audience reception to The Boss appears to be lackluster as the film received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and current has a Flixster audience score of just 50 percent. With that in mind, it's quite possible that The Boss won't hold up as well going forward as McCarthy's previous hits have. On the other hand, the film's mentioned strong Saturday hold is an early encouraging sign.

After leading the box office for the past two weeks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell to a close second place this weekend with an estimated $23.44 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill continued to fall off sharply, as the film was down 54 percent from last weekend. Batman v Superman is now on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 17-day take of $296.69 million. However, as a result of its soft holding power thus far, Batman v Superman is now running just 1 percent ahead of the $294.51 million 17-day take of last year's Furious 7 (which fell 51 percent in its third weekend to gross $29.16 million). With that in mind, Batman v Superman will soon fall behind the pace of Furious 7, especially with Disney's highly anticipated The Jungle Book entering the marketplace this coming Friday.

While Batman v Superman continued to decline sharply this weekend, Disney's Zootopia continued to display strong holding power with an estimated third place take of $14.35 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film was down just 26 percent from last weekend. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Zootopia registered the eighth largest sixth weekend gross of all-time. Zootopia is also on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 38-day take of $296.01 million. The film is now running just 8 percent behind the $320.39 million 38-day take of last year's Inside Out and will continue to make up ground in that comparison going forward. Zootopia already has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.94 to 1.

Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 placed in fourth with an estimated $6.42 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos was down 43 percent, as the film took a hit from the debut The Boss this weekend. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 continues to perform towards the higher end of expectations with a 17-day take of $46.75 million. That places the film 6 percent behind the $49.59 million 17-day gross of last year's The Intern (which fell just 26 percent in its third weekend to take in $8.68 million). My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will hope to re-stabilize next weekend with the debut of The Boss behind it.

Hardcore Henry rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $5.10 million. The low-budget action film from STX Entertainment opened below pre-release expectations and delivered a lackluster per-location average of $1,690 from just 3,015 locations. The trailer for Hardcore Henry had gone over well, especially online, but that reception ultimately failed to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. Hardcore Henry delivered the lowest debut for STX Entertainment to date in the distributor's young history. The film opened with $2.01 million on Friday (which included an estimated $380,000 from Thursday night shows), declined a concerning 7 percent on Saturday to gross $1.87 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to take in $1.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a fairly front-loaded 2.54 to 1. Much like The Boss, Hardcore Henry doesn't appear to be going over all that well with moviegoers. Hardcore Henry also received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and has a respectable current Flixster audience score of 66 percent.

Faith-based films Miracles from Heaven and God's Not Dead 2 claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $4.80 million and $4.05 million. Sony's Miracles from Heaven was down a very solid 34 percent this weekend, while God's Not Dead 2 was down a sizable 47 percent. Miracles from Heaven passed the $50 million mark this weekend and continues to perform nicely with $53.81 million in 26 days. God's Not Dead 2 has been far less impressive with $13.84 million in ten days and clearly isn't duplicating the word of mouth or the performance of its predecessor, 2014's God's Not Dead, which grossed $21.75 million in its first ten days after falling just 4.5 percent in its second weekend to take in $8.80 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jul. 3 - Sun, Jul. 5

Wide (1000+)

1Inside Out (2015)$29,771,224-43%4,15826$7,160$245,891,3953Disney
2Jurassic World$29,242,025-46%3,737-461$7,825$556,542,9804Universal
3Terminator Genisys$27,018,486--3,758--$7,190$42,474,1831Paramount
4Magic Mike XXL$12,857,184--3,355--$3,832$27,890,0031Warner Bros.
5Ted 2$11,171,520-67%3,4486$3,240$58,500,6302Universal
6Max (2015)$6,617,389-46%2,87015$2,306$25,378,1662Warner Bros.
7Spy (2015)$5,137,677-35%2,387-807$2,152$97,536,3005Fox
8San Andreas$2,824,063-48%1,672-948$1,689$147,190,4436Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

1Me and Earl and the Dying Girl$1,246,80326%870516$1,433$3,931,8424Fox Searchlight
2Dope$1,118,117-60%863-988$1,296$14,124,3893Open Road
3Mad Max: Fury Road$1,016,016-42%561-400$1,811$149,006,8958Warner Bros.
4Avengers: Age of Ultron$886,151-48%589-508$1,505$454,231,42910Disney
5Love & Mercy$743,583-42%440-288$1,690$10,529,8635Roadside Attractions
6Pitch Perfect 2$567,500-61%454-607$1,250$182,346,0608Universal
7Insidious: Chapter 3$558,121-72%651-961$857$51,232,7165Focus / Gramercy
8I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)$468,250-23%240-50$1,951$5,836,5048Bleecker Street
9Faith of Our Fathers$438,186--344--$1,274$626,9771Pure Flix / Samuel Goldwyn
11The Overnight$325,575116%307262$1,061$628,9133The Orchard
12Home (2015)$290,760-27%257-18$1,131$175,366,85315Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Entourage$229,789-72%222-322$1,035$31,912,2565Warner Bros.
14Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2$220,852-31%24812$891$70,281,43012Sony / Columbia
15Aloha$136,723-31%199-41$687$20,727,7086Sony / Columbia
16Far from the Madding Crowd$119,658-26%105-48$1,140$11,840,39010Fox Searchlight
17Cinderella (2015)$115,169-56%175-60$658$200,587,75817Disney
18Woman In Gold$102,786-22%131-10$785$33,005,82114Weinstein Company
19Hot Pursuit (2015)$71,905-46%137-65$525$34,324,6519Warner Bros. / New Line
20The Divergent Series: Insurgent$66,811-33%124-21$539$130,127,85816Lionsgate / Summit
21Poltergeist (2015)$65,790-57%121-66$544$47,136,5567Fox
22Dil Dhadakne Do$50,838-52%2380$214$3,029,1465Eros International
23Tanu Weds Manu Returns$2,780-80%1360$20$3,041,9957Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Amy (2015)$222,500--6--$37,083$222,5001A24
2Infinitely Polar Bear$187,143--63--$2,971$348,6703Sony Pictures Classics
3Testament of Youth$163,550--68--$2,405$918,3385Sony Pictures Classics
4The Wolfpack$136,255-30%946$1,450$790,0584Magnolia Pictures
5A Little Chaos$116,653-36%874$1,341$386,4062Focus World
6Ex Machina$68,856-30%61-20$1,129$25,233,15513A24
7The Third Man (2015 re-issue)$68,455176%96$7,606$110,4742Rialto Pictures
8The Age of Adaline$47,278-47%93-61$508$42,588,72211Lionsgate
9Hubble 3D$40,913-18%8-3$5,114$49,333,931277Warner Bros. / IMAX
10ABCD 2$27,739-82%22-83$1,261$869,8483UTV Motion Pictures
11Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$24,45311%350$699$9,969,33966Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Escobar: Paradise Lost$24,041-78%44-61$546$177,0972RADiUS-TWC
13A Borrowed Identity$23,295126%54$4,659$40,5392Strand Releasing
14When Marnie Was There$22,968-4%33-1$696$496,1457GKIDS
15Get Hard$20,785-41%48-29$433$90,396,11115Warner Bros.
16Jimmy's Hall$19,881--3--$6,627$19,8811Sony Pictures Classics
17About Elly$18,68434%102$1,868$390,39213Cinema Guild
18The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared$17,369-40%23-6$755$783,0249Music Box Films
19Cartel Land$15,581--2--$7,791$15,5811The Orchard
20Journey to the South Pacific$15,428-11%10-3$1,543$6,732,11184IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
21The Farewell Party$13,508-30%11-3$1,228$155,8487IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
22Iris (2015)$12,808-25%16-6$801$1,232,47210Magnolia Pictures
23Monkey Kingdom$11,330-68%41-54$276$16,387,49112Disneynature
24A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence$10,118-15%113$920$126,0895Magnolia Pictures
25Gemma Bovery$9,981-23%170$587$138,1006Music Box Films
26The Apu Trilogy (2015 re-issue)$7,153-72%3-2$2,384$346,7009Janus Films
27Eden (2015)$6,237-54%151$416$55,0083Broad Green Pictures
283 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets$6,04078%31$2,013$14,9083Participant Media
29Kingsman: The Secret Service$5,955-23%14-1$425$128,258,66021Fox
30A Poem Is a Naked Person (2015 re-issue)$5,526--1--$5,526$9,5181Janus Films
31The Tribe$5,302-70%53$1,060$49,2423Drafthouse Films
32The Salt of the Earth$4,616-84%5-9$923$1,321,58715Sony Pictures Classics
33Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb$4,255-7%19-3$224$113,741,74629Fox
34McFarland, USA$4,194-64%12-12$350$44,480,27520Disney
35The New Rijksmuseum$4,056453%42$1,014$9,0503First Run Features
36The Longest Ride$3,874-63%9-15$430$37,443,11913Fox
37Batkid Begins$3,872-80%40$968$29,1242Warner Bros. / New Line
38The Little Death$3,53914%42$885$8,5752Magnolia Pictures
39Beyond the Mask$3,476-41%4-7$869$1,227,05113Gathr / Freestyle
40She's Beautiful When She's Angry$3,408152%31$1,136$384,19031International Film Circuit
41The Wrecking Crew$3,320-2%2-1$1,660$795,72417Magnolia Pictures
42Under the Sea 3D$3,065-29%2-5$1,533$34,619,759334Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Mala Mala$2,569--1--$2,569$6,8891Strand Releasing
44Born to Be Wild 3D$2,272-30%4-11$568$24,211,714222Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Dior and I$2,230-49%5-2$446$1,017,13513The Orchard
46Saint Laurent$2,158-42%10-9$216$417,3169Sony Pictures Classics
47Roar (2015 re-issue)$1,830314%1-1$1,830$104,27512Drafthouse / Olive Films
48The Ark of Mr. Chow$1,770-79%1-5$1,770$53,2523China Lion Film
49To the Arctic 3D$1,5957495%10$1,595$14,347,745168Warner Bros. / IMAX
50The Pardon$1,4935%10$1,493$3,9852Monterey Media
51The Yes Men Are Revolting$1,102-53%3-9$367$42,3074The Orchard
52From Mayerling to Sarajevo (2015 re-issue)$895--1--$895$15,62415The Film Desk
53Jauja$823--1--$823$53,48116Cinema Guild
54Rebels of the Neon God (2015 re-issue)$819-60%1-1$819$23,18413Big World Pictures
55Sunshine Superman$610-70%7-1$87$79,2407Magnolia / CNN Films
56Set Fire to the Stars$39773%31$132$3,8954Strand Releasing
57Runoff$376-96%10$376$11,5942Monterey Media
58One Cut, One Life$374494%10$374$9,0578First Run Features
59Full Moon in Paris (2015 re-issue)$301--1--$301$15,20812Film Movement
60Heaven Knows What$234-90%2-5$117$72,2356RADiUS-TWC
61Love at First Fight$59-94%1-3$59$23,9027Strand Releasing